Russell Group universities already offering degree apprenticeships include Queen Mary University London, University of Sheffield, University of Warwick, and the University of Exeter. There are now 60 apprenticeships at level 6-7, with 46 including a degree or master’s degree.
Universities UK has responded to the report from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) looking at the impact of migration from the European Economic Area (EEA). The MAC took evidence from a range of employers, government departments and industry bodies, including Universities UK.
Earlier this year, the FE and HE technology solutions not-for-profit, Jisc, conducted a survey of its members to find out their attitudes towards cyber security, which found that colleges are over-estimating their ability to guard against cyber attacks.
For anyone in doubt about the scale of the mental health crisis among young people, a recent student mental health survey conducted by the NUS for the APPG will make for a sobering read. More than three quarters (78%) of those surveyed said they had experienced mental health problems in that year, while more than a third (33%) had suicidal thoughts. In comparison, that is double the figure (17%) for the wider population. Overall, the survey indicated a shocking level of stress and concern amongst students about their mental wellbeing. But, the problem is not limited to students.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds last month spoke out on the increasing use of technology in the United Kingdom’s education system, and the potential that embracing these new technologies can have. Mr Hinds talked of “forging a strong partnership between government, technology innovators and the education sector” in order to aid EdTech’s progression.
In 2017, the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices called on the government to pay closer attention to the quality of work in the UK, alongside its quantity. To aid these efforts, the Review recommended that a new set of metrics be created – ones that could paint a richer picture of the modern world of work, beyond the numbers of people in and out of work and average pay levels.